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Today is my birthday

It's my birthday today, and I turn 42.

The last couple of years I invited various people to gather in a central downtown location to eat, drink, and be merry. This year I started to feel kind of depressed as my birthday approached, and I thought, well hardly any of the people that I invited to my birthday last year have stayed in touch with me over the past year so maybe I will not do the same group gathering thing this year.

Instead I have been lucky and surprised enough to discover that various people have contacted me and arranged individual eat, drink and be merry events. I met with my brother and his beautiful ex-model girlfriend last night. We had dinner at Edward Levesque's Kitchen ( http://www.edwardlevesque.ca/ ), and they gifted me with truly unusual and exotic sweets, and a lovely bottle of port. I really enjoyed the evening, partly because with just the three of us, it was much easier to concentrate on our conversation and not worry that anyone was being left out. I've always done better with fewer people than I have with a large gathering so maybe this is the way to go...?

Tonight - my official birthday night - I am not entirely certain what will happen, but it may involve one of my friends, the movie Twilight, and some sort of dinner again (not sure where).

An old friend from University just called me this morning and I was totally surprised and touched that she remembered my birthday on her own and took the time to give me a call. She has suggested that we meet for lunch or dinner at some point soon.

Then there is the weekend - I gave into parental pressure this year, and I have consented to go out to Hamilton to spend Saturday and Sunday at my mother's house. Spending time with my mother and my father is definitely not one of my favorite things to do. It is often depressing, and highly stressful to be around them. Still, I go through these cycles where I avoid them and avoid them and avoid them until I start to forget how difficult it is to be around them, then I give in, get a reminder of how bad it is, and then go back to avoiding them again for another year or so. I'm not the only one in my family who does this - my brother and my three younger sisters have been boycotting our parents for many years now. Anyway, I think I should, perhaps, be grateful that I still do have both of my parents alive, and that they are interested in spending some time with me, and in celebrating my birthday regardless of how stressful the experience will be.

So, that's all for now. It's time to go and get ready to spend my afternoon walking dogs...

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uhclem
May. 28th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Hello?
Hi there,

I do check in regularly, but either you've moved on, or you've stopped posting. How are you doing? You may be gone, but you're not forgotten....

Peter
ivy_broom
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello?
Hi Peter,

Surprise, it's Kate! I hope you are well. How is life?

Looks like it's been two years since I've checked in here. I joined an online Wiccan college (The Sacred Mists) which has provided me with community and kept me quite busy in the meantime.

Somewhere along the line I lost my live-journal id and password, then just recently found it again. I have a journal on the college site, but I've started up some blogs through google which don't require a college membership. I shied away from any creative writing for the last few years, but have started up again in a small way on my google blog.
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